Mossel Bay Dias Festival


The four-day Municipality’s Dias Festival has been taking place in Mossel Bay over the past 30 years and the latest edition took place last weekend.

In 2018 the festival incorporated activities aimed at celebrating the rich maritime history of the South Africa’s oldest port, an chronicle that goes back to the Portuguese Discoveries.

The Mossel Bay Dias Festival programme included a street parades, stage shows with national as well as local artists, exhibitions and stalls, beer tents, tea gardens live entertainment, cultural showcases, arts and crafts markets, food stalls, children’s entertainment and numerous other family-friendly activities.

The Portuguese Community participation in the Dias 2018 Festival included civic groups like Amigos Portugueses, Academia do Bacalhau, the folklore group Bailinho and the local band Kanimambo.

The most significant involvement in celebrations was the Portuguese Consul General in Cape Town, Dr José Carlos Arsénio, keynote speech at the Dias Caravel Museum and the performance of Lourenço Marques born tenor Manuel Escórcio.